Home to the design-savvy Parisian couple David Chaplain and Alexandre Roussard, this luxe pied-à-terre takes shades of grey to sophisticated heights, showing off how subtle variations on a shade can produce a varied effect in a small space. While the walls may be monochromatic, the decor and accessories are colorful and eye-catching, producing lively, layered vignettes on every surface. The apartment is a joint project for the couple who are both interior architects – Chaplin works for Chanel and Roussard for Diptyque. With experience in retail, it makes sense that their shelves tell such intriguing visual stories. In the living room, I love how the sunburst mirror was layered and their contemporary furniture is mixed with classics like the Ceusca chairs flanking the stunning marble fireplace. Click through to see the rest of the space!
The Rive Gauche or Left Bank of Paris is known for its historic communities of philosophers, writers, artists at Montparnasse, the Latin Quarter of students attending the University of Paris, so it seems fitting that actress Hilary Swank took up residence in a grand apartment in this part of Paris. With the help of designer Axel Huynh, bold gestures of blues and a pop of red in the living room brought dramatic saturation to each living space. Much of the furniture was designed by Huynh, with custom details highlighted by the sparse decoration. This curated approach gives extra emphasis to the strong moments of color, such as on the velvet curtains and the custom paint color chosen for a teal accent wall in the dining room. I can’t help but call the mix of custom and contemporary furniture quite swanky, and often very sculptural, from the India Madhavi side table by the desk to the black and white oyster-shaped sconces in the dining room. See the rest of Swank’s Parisian home below.
In a 17th-century mansion on the left bank of Paris, art lovers brought their love of collecting to the task of decorating the home with interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch. They expanded their collecting from fine art to vintage furniture, antiques, and one-of-a-kind decor. The well-trained eyes of the occupants and decorator created a beautiful mix of periods, styles, and finishes resulting in a comfortable home full of interesting contrasts. The home’s style leans towards mid-century but mixes Italian, Danish, and American pieces for a sophisticated mélange. In the living room above, the entire fireplace was designed by Yovanovitch himself, and a contemporary Stilnovo chandelier pops below the ceiling’s wide wooden beams. Continue reading to tour the rest of this elegant home.
A natural touch was brought to the restoration of this 19th century Paris apartment by Studio Razavi, whose pre-Haussmanian architecture is quite remarkable (see the hardwood floors especially). These incredible floors were restored, and instead of white, the walls got a white-washed treatment in most rooms. Simple, modern furnishing adorn the spaces, while touches of green and a large trompe l’oeil mural stand out in the living spaces. In the living room below with the landscape mural, a long linen slipcovered sofa creates an inviting place to relax, while a preserved tree stump coffee table continues the motif of natural motifs in the apartment. Some of my favorite moments of modern contrast come from the light fixtures, see the dining room and kitchen in particular.
I love when I discover the work of an artist or designer through their home tour in a publication (or two, in this case). The whimsical, surrealist work of fashion and graphic designer Vincent Darre brings a zany, and totally French perspective on eclectic style in his apartment in Paris. Many of the fabrics he recently created for Pierre Frey are on full display, my favorite being on his living room settee. As described on his website, Vincent’s work is extravagant, dadaïste, with influences of cubism, surrealism, and Dali-esque shapes as seen in his home. In his work in particular, I find the interiors treated as canvases, with color and shapes convalescing to form a space defined by the design rather than the walls. His work is playful and bold, and shows no restraint when combining bright colors, busy patterns, and sculptural shapes. See more of his apartment after the jump!